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Study Tropical Biology & Marine Conservation in Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia
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Minimum age

from 18 years


Language skills

Good english knowledge

About this position

Overview 'Tropical Biology and Marine Conservation' Semester in Bali

Study in Bali and discover the unique flora and fauna of the tropics! The 16 weeks semester program in "Tropical Biology and Marine Conservation" will give you an insight into the characteristics of various ecosystems in the tropics and its challenges. Various excursions will provide hands on experience and the opportunity to learn and apply your knowledge in the field.

In addition to Bahasa Indonesia language class and your student project, you are required to chose 4 of the subjects available, in order to reach 30 credits. 

This unique semester program will help you understand the challenges of our planet's ecosystems and you will learn how people in Indonesia get active to overcome these challenges in order to restore a healthy environment.

What to expect

Course Content 'Tropical Biology and Marine Conservation' Semester in Bali

Tropical Marine Ecology

Credits: 5 ECTS

Course description: This course will introduce and discuss in a general and particular level (i.e.: Indonesia), about the ecology of the main tropical marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests. It will include the function of those ecosystems and the interaction between them. Also the interactions and association between organisms and their habitat as well as the interaction with environmental factors which make up the ecological system in tropical oceans.

Microbiology & Fish Disease

Credits: 5 ECTS

Course description: This course examines mainly on the causes of fish parasites and fish diseases. It discusses both non-pathogenic diseases (environment, feed) and pathogenic diseases (bacterial, fungal and virus). Further comprehension on epidemiology of fish diseases, diagnosis of this diseases and laboratory diagnosis (histopathology examination). Another main topic for this subject is the prevention of fish diseases. Specific knowledge on immunostimulants, anti-bacterial substances from natural bioactive, and chemicals and herbs used for treatment of disease. Students are expected to partake in fish parasites identification practice; which will be conducted by having fish samples from Kedonganan fish market. Student’s task is to identify the prevalence and intensity of the fish infections and to identify the abundance of parasites present in the fish.

Biodiversity Conservation & Ecotourism 

Credits: 5 ECTS

Course description: The course is about conservation of biodiversity through development of ecotourism. The course will cover: (a) ecotourism definition, principles, and criteria; (b) biodiversity conservation, community empowerment, and poverty alleviation through ecotourism; (c) Balinese life philosophy of the Tri Hita Karana (THK); (d) ecotourism products, (e) terrestrial ecotourism; (f) marine ecotourism; (g) agri-ecotourism; (h) eco-lodge, (i) case study in ecotourism and biodiversity conservation; (j) Practical / site visit (may include, but not limited to): Pemuteran (marine conservation and tourism programs), mangrove conservation & mangrove tour (Tahura Ngurah Rai), Subak Sembung (agri-ecotourism), Sanur or Nusa Dua (benthic organism, bio indicator, trekking, bird watching, etc.), Udayana lodge (eco-lodge), Gianyar Botanical Garden (Kebun Raya Gianyar) (plant diversity and traditional way of forest conservation), Kemenuh Butterfly Park.

Marine Pollution 

Credits: 5 ECTS

Course description: This course concern on some aspects of Marine pollution and marine ecosystem destruction. It therefore aims to study: Oceanography and Water quality (Physical, Chemical and biological), Productivity, Global warming, Destructive fishing (catching and pearl clam culture), Oil pollution, Fish feeding pollution (Cage and pond), Physical destruction (tourism activity), IMTA. Field study to: Nusa Dua Lagoon, City Water Installation (Instalasi PDAM) Pemogan and Marine hatchery (Gerokgak).


Credits: 5 ECTS

Course description: The main subject of ichthyology is about any aspect of fish, including taxonomy, systematics, and how to identify the fish. Characters of fish will cover meristic and morphometric (scales, fins, total length of body, etc). Another aspect of fish investigated is about reproduction, which includes: oocyte maturation, maturity stages, gonado somatic index (GSI), gonad maturation level, fecundity and gonad anatomy and physiology. Feeding behavior is also a topic covered in this study. It consists of food in relation with environmental aspects of life of fish, i.e dissolved oxygen, chemical oxygen demand, pH, temperature, etc, and the culture of fish. Practical work of Ichthyology may include: (1) Identify a number of fish from Kedonganan market fish base on their morphology and meristic characteristics; (2) Determine ovarian development and maturity stages through describing the ovary, gonado somatic index (GSI) and fecundity; (3) Histological examination of the ovary or gonads; (4) Determining Nutrition Value Coeffient (NVC) of fish in Estuary Dam, Denpasar.

Tropical Horticulture 

Credits: 5 ECTS

Course description: Horticulture is the art and science of the cultivation of plants. This course will focus on tropical environmental and physiology of horticultural crops, propagation, and production system, breeding practice, processing and marketing of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, and also temperate zone crops adapted to grow in the tropics. This course will include practical class and field trip to central production of ornamental plants, vegetable and native fruits in Bali.

Student Project (mandatory)

Credits: 5 ECTS

Description: Students will be assigned to a specific, ongoing project or task that has a significant role in marine conservation and marine research in Indonesia. The research topic has to be acknowledged from a professor, as well as supervised from a professor or a specialist within the field. Upon completion of the researches an academic paper has to be finished and its result need to be presented during the course of this seminar. The progress of the project is to be discussed with your professor on a weekly basis. Furthermore, the progress has to be in line with the weekly targets that have been defined in the beginning of the seminar. 

Bahasa Indonesia (mandatory)

Credits: (5 ECTS)

Course description: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language in Indonesia and is spoken from a majority of Indonesians next to a variety of different dialects which vary locally. In this language course you will learn the basics of the Indonesian language, in order to be able to immerse into Bali’s culture and life. 

Itinerary of your stay abroad

Semester Abroad Program in Bali, Indonesia

This semester runs for 16 weeks with a 1 week break inbetween. The summer semester will be run from April to July and the winter semester from September to December. The last week of each semester is an exam week.


In addition to language classes in Bahasa Indonesia and a student project, students have to choose 4 out of the subjects offered. Each lecture has a practical session. The lectures will run from Monday to Friday, whereas excursion will mostly be planned on Thursday, Friday or even Saturdays.


The final exams will take part during the last week of the semester term. Only students who have participated in at least 75 % of the lectures are eligible for the final exam. The exam results are marked according to international standards.

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Study Tropical Biology & Marine Conservation in Bali, Indonesia

Flexible dates

16 weeks

from 18 years

Good english knowledge


2840 EUR

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Your accommodation

Study Abroad in Bali - Accommodation

Bali offers a variety of accommodation alternatives. Students prefer staying in coastal towns like Kuta, Saminyak, Kerobokan or Canggu. We advise students to stay at a hotel for the first one or two weeks in order to have some time for orientation. The best places to look for a hotel are Poppies Lane 1 and 2, which are especially popular with young visitors. In these first two weeks you will have enough time to search for permanent accommodation. Villa We provide contact to estate agents who offer a variety of mansions which are mostly rented to students.  Oftentimes, a couple of students team up and rent a mansion together. Usually, the rent is payable monthly and on the whole. Costs for accommodation vary by standards and are between 150 and 350 € in average – of course, the sky is the limit here. Homestays If you prefer to get an authentic experience of how Balinese people live, you should chose to live in a homestay. The monthly rent of homestays are usually  cheaper than villas.

Our Service

Services – Semester Abroad Program in Bali, Indonesia

Your semester in Bali includes:

  • Full tuition (16 weeks lectures in English language, max. 30 ECTS)
  • Credit transfer assistance
  • Various excursions, field trips and workshops
  • Student ID
  • Study materials
  • Pre-departure advising and support
  • Bali Travel Guide
  • Visa assistance
  • Arrival package/bag incl. SIM-card, Infos etc.
  • Welcome dinner
  • Orientation and safety briefing
  • Detailed briefing before every field trip
  • Local support


  • Airport pickup

Not included:

  • Airline tickets
  • Insurance
  • Transportation in Bali

Our local team
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Our local team

Your coordinators during the study program in Bali

During your summer course or semester in Bali, the 2 German coordinators Larissa and Carolin will assist you with all your questions. Both of them live in Bali for several years already. They will be happy to answer all your questions, provide you with insider tips or assist you with any other matter regarding your stay in Bali.